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  • Joined Oct 2009
Scouring newborn lamb
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:50:44 pm »
We have a day old Shetland lamb that has started to scour. It appears to be watery and yellow. Otherwise the lamb is healthy and is feeding well from the ewe. No sign of dehydration yet. They are penned inside at the moment as the twin was born very small and weak and is being bottle fed - the ewe is quite happy with this arrangement and mothers them both - she only has one quarter having had mastitis last year. No sign of any scouring in the bottle fed lamb.
Is there anything we need to be doing apart from keeping a regular eye on them.
Thank you

Sorry - just found the Soay thread - will keep our fingers crossed that this is just too much rich milk....
« Last Edit: April 10, 2012, 09:04:51 pm by TG »


  • Joined Apr 2010
Re: Scouring newborn lamb
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 07:59:27 am »
some of ours do this, just watch out for blocked up bottoms, they need to be unblocked,by removing the excess, the smell is grim [one of the bad things about lambs ,lol]


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Scouring newborn lamb
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 08:03:31 am »
How's he doing this morning?


  • Joined Oct 2009
Re: Scouring newborn lamb - update
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012, 08:53:09 pm »
All seems to have settled down now. Scouring has stopped and the lamb is fine. Small weak one still being bottle fed to top up what he is getting from mum (only one quarter between the two lambs). He seems to be doing well.
Another 4 born over the weekend and all have been bouncing around in the sunshine. They go into a field shelter at night - yes we are a bit soft with them - as it is still rather cold.
Thanks for you help.


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